Title: For one day, at least, Raptors 905 players get a glimpse of life in the big time
Date: December 22, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Raptors 905’s day at the Air Canada Centre, a reprieve from D-League eccentricities and a reminder of what they’re working toward.
A few weeks ago, the shot clock at Hershey Centre malfunctioned and Raptors 905 played the second half of a home game with a staff member screaming out the countdown. Just last week, another home game was delayed 20 minutes because of snow and traffic around Mississauga, Ont., which is still not as bad as what happened last year, when bad weather stranded the team overnight in Westchester, N.Y.
Quirks and inconvenience can be part of the NBA Development League’s charm, even though they can also humble the former NBA players, NCAA stars and international prospects who fill the rosters. They generally have to play in more remote locations, in smaller towns, with decidedly non-NBA modes of transportation.
On Tuesday, though, the Raptors D-League team got a reprieve.